Greencastle Mayor Nancy Michael says she plans to move forward with discussions on a citywide smoking ban despite a similar proposal that was approved by the Indiana House earlier this week.
"We will go ahead and have a conversation on April 26," Michael told the BannerGraphic Thursday.
On Tuesday, members of the City Council did not vote on the ban that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, possibly with the exception of private clubs, but planned a special meeting to discuss it, and possibly vote, later this month.
Council members would have to approve the citywide ban in April and then again in May in order for it to become final.
The special meeting to discuss the ban has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 26 at city hall.
Meanwhile, Michael says she has been in contact with state representatives in the legislature and will continue to monitor the progress of the statewide ban that was approved by the House this week with a vote of 86-12. The bill faces additional votes in the legislature and approval by the governor before it would become final.
"We should know by May whether or not the state has adopted it," Michael said.
As the city council met on Tuesday, Rep. Eric Turner (R-Gas City) amended a bill providing health care coverage for low-income Hoosiers to include a prohibition of smoking in most enclosed public places, sports arenas and indoor places of employment.
Not included in the ban are retail tobacco stores, bars, public areas that are leased for private functions, businesses where the only employee is the owner, private residences and private clubs.
Cities would still have the option to pass a stricter ordinance, according to the plan.
In the Senate, President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said Tuesday that he feels the smoking ban is an issue for local government to decide.
Other representatives said they favor the smoking ban, however, they worry about its impact on businesses where a large percentage of the patrons are smokers. They're calling for the issue to wait until next session to give officials more time to discuss it.
In other business, the city council:
-- Fair on the Square, 5 p.m. May 17 through 6 p.m. May 20, for two blocks of Franklin Street from Jackson to Vine (north side of courthouse) and one block of Indiana between Washington and Franklin (east side of courthouse).
-- Classic Car Show, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16, one block north and south of Washington Street on Indiana (east side of courthouse) and one block east of Jackson on Franklin (north side of courthouse).
-- Art/antiques show, Oct 5-6 (times not set), one block north and south of Washington on Indiana (east side of courthouse) and two blocks east of Jackson on Franklin (north side of courthouse).
-- Farmers' Market, every Saturday from June through September, 7 a.m.-noon, for north and east sides of courthouse square.
The Greencastle City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at city hall. It is open to the public.